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On the Paradoxical Connection Between Love, Law, and Joy

May 18, 2017 3 Comments
On the Paradoxical Connection Between Love, Law, and Joy

In the Gospel today (Thursday of the 5th Week of Easter), Jesus cuts right through the modern Western tendency to set law in opposition to both love and joy. He joins all three concepts and summons us to a new attitude. Jesus says, As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in […]

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It is the Decision of the Holy Spirit and Us – A Reflection on the Catholicity of the Early Church

May 17, 2017 3 Comments
It is the Decision of the Holy Spirit and Us – A Reflection on the Catholicity of the Early Church

The first readings at daily Mass this week recount the Council of Jerusalem, which scholars generally date to around 50 A.D. It was a pivotal moment in the history of the Church, because it would set forth an identity for Her that was independent of the culture of Judaism per se and would open wide […]

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Remaining in the Lord

May 16, 2017 1 Comment
Remaining in the Lord

The text from today’s Gospel (Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter) speaks of the need to remain in the Lord. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I […]

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Four Aspects of the Early Church

May 15, 2017 3 Comments
Four Aspects of the Early Church

The first reading in today’s Mass (Tuesday of the 5th week of Easter) is very Catholic, and it’s too informative to just pass by. It presents the early Church as rather highly organized and possessed of some of the structures we know today in full form. Granted, some of these structures are in seminal form, […]

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When a Priest Should Not Sing – A Reflection on an Often-Forgotten Rubric

May 14, 2017 5 Comments
When a Priest Should Not Sing – A Reflection on an Often-Forgotten Rubric

I received a question last month in my Question and Answer Column at Our Sunday Visitor that I answered only briefly. I’d like to expand on it here. The new priest in our parish just stands there at the altar when we sing the acclamations such as the mystery of faith, the great Amen, Lamb […]

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Are You a Tombstone or a Living Stone? – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter

May 13, 2017 2 Comments
Are You a Tombstone or a Living Stone? – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter

By His resurrection, Jesus has brought us from death to life. He has snatched us from this present evil age (Gal 1:4) and from the death-directed desires of our body (Rom 6:12), and made us into a new and living creation (2 Cor 5:17). As such, we have exchanged the tombstones that once indicated we […]

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Sometimes Truth and Error Are Seen in the Same Place

May 12, 2017 2 Comments
Sometimes Truth and Error Are Seen in the Same Place

Consider the commercial below. It says, “Focus on what you love.” It presents a man who, having laid eyes on his beloved, sees only her; all others vanish. The accompanying song speaks of the woman as being oblivious to his faults, as represented by “the funny way you wear your hair.” There are truths here […]

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Three Reasons That Argumentation Is So Difficult Today

May 11, 2017 9 Comments
Three Reasons That Argumentation Is So Difficult Today

The discussion and debate of issues is problematic today for many reasons, among them the use of flawed logic, the tendency to engage in identity politics, and the widespread rejection of natural law. I would like to highlight three issues in particular that commonly interfere with discourse on the Internet, including the “Comments” section of […]

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